What other people may find in poetry, I find in the flight of a good
drive. -- Arnold Palmer
Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.
They'd have to carry me out here before they would get me in a golf
--Arnold Palmer (when carts were permitted on the Senior Tour for
the first time, 1985)
You know your getting old when all the names in your little black
book have M.D. after them.
I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone's game. It's
called an eraser.
When I was growing up, they had just found radio.
--Arnold Palmer (when asked if he watched much golf on television
when he was growing up)
Putting is a fascinating, aggravating, wonderful, terrible and
almost incomprehensible part of the game of golf.
Sam Snead will fly anywhere in my plane with me. Sam's not as
worried about the danger as he is about saving money.
One thing I've learned over time is, if you hit a golf ball into
water, it won't float.
I'd known I'd always play golf; not as a club pro, but in some other
capacity. I guess, in some vague way, I pictured myself as a
businessman competing in all the top amateur tournaments. But
winning the national amateur championship gave me the confidence to
do what I really wanted to do with my life. Not only was it one of
my produest moments; it led directly to me going out on tour as a
professional golfer. And obviously, that led to everything
When I was in college, I thought about becoming an attorney. But I
wasn't smart enough; I hate being cooped up indoors; and I'm too
nice a guy.
The only really unplayable lie I can think of is when you're suppose
to be playing golf and come home with lipstick on your collar.
I don't look at it as a gamble, really. I just look at it as a
harder shot. Why hit a conservative shot? When you miss it, you're
in just as much trouble as when you miss a bold one.
Trouble is bad to get into but fun to get out of. If you're in
trouble, eighty percent of the time there's a way out. If you can
see the ball, you can probably hit it; and if you can hit it, you
can move it; and if you can move it, you might be able to knock it
in the hole. At least it's fun to try.
Maybe it's because I'm in the rough so much that I get to know them
--Arnold Palmer (on the relationship with his army)
Sam Snead has more money buried underground than I ever made on top.
He's got gophers in his backyard that subscribe to Fortune magazine.
He's packed more coffee cans than Brazil.